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It's a shame woot... That Thinkpad on Woot looks tempting, but I'm not buying until this disaster is straightened out.
I didn't think Woot was hit by the tornado this spring, but the web site seems to indicate otherwise.
<BOYCOTT>Currently on Woot Boycott until Deal-A-Day site is restored to sanity</BOYCOTT>
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Web design 101,..
Don't put MORE crap between the customer and the info/product/purchase they want.
Based on the discussion group the majority of people hate this change, what's interesting will be to see what you do about it.
Woot was the one deal, then it spawned all the other woot sites and there was only marginal dislike (because we get that you want to make money) and the new woot stuff was off to the side out of the way and was occasionally interesting, the main thing we came here for was the same. That formula worked.
But you had to go introduce this and I can only be reminded of McDonald's "Adult Taste" campaign where they tried to make it seem like a clown was anything but a mascott to get kids in the door.
You're woot, just be woot. If you go down this road soon you'll be just like any other online store, but I thought the whole point was to NOT be like all the other online stores.
*Sitting back and waiting to see if the overwhelming majority of your user base gets listened to.*
I have seen a lot of things,..but I have NOT seen a lot of other things.
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nuclearscan wrote:It seems like every instinct and sensibility that went into making woot has been abandoned. Woot's success has been as much about creating a culture as it was about the actual products. It is now indistinguishable from any other mass reseller out there. When you demote your main (description) to a thin slice at the top, and even worse hide it behind a 'read more' button, it tells the reader you believe most people find the info useless, so we'll hide it here for those that want it. I'm not a web designer, but that's the perception I get as a customer.
this is right on the money...i can understand a little polishing or slight changes...but the site is COMPLETELY redesigned...NOT good...im going to miss going to woot on my bookmark menu with ONE CLICK and being able to see the product write-up right there...on the front page. i don't recall there being any problems with the old site. were there problems? only 'problems' i ever noticed was a server issue, and that wasn't even a problem!, that was just bottleneck bandwidth...so as i see it, there was no problem with the previous design, so this was all done for no reason. why change just to change? that makes no sense to me, woot is now just like everything else...and that really bites, this site was my getaway from the sensory overload of other online retailers...not anymore i guess.
make it right, put it back the way it was, do your customers and loyal supporters right and fix this nonsense.
much too good for children
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grumb wrote:So the comments all seem to agree that this is a disaster, yet the Woot staff is unusually silent. Matt? Thunder? Bueller?? Anyone?
What are they gonna say? The truth? You don't want to hear it, trust me. Here's a taste:
"We regret that our beloved regulars hate the recent changes. Nevertheless, we're really less interested in maintaining a cult following than we are in catering to the masses, so we're not that sorry to see you go. Plus we think you'll probably end up ordering stuff anyway, even though you won't have as much fun here as you used to."
Have you been eating that sandwich again?